Actiw news at PROMAT 2015

9th March 2015

Logistics BusinessActiw news at PROMAT 2015

ACTIW Oy, a Finnish high-tech company specialized in intralogistics automation is presenting their automated truck and container loading system technologies at ProMAT 2015 in Chicago, March 23-26, booth 3294.

Actiw offers two different loading solutions for regular, non-modified sea containers, trucks and trailers. Actiw’s LoadPlate and LoadMatic loading equipment have proven their performance, functionality, reliability and low cost of maintenance in around 100 sites worldwide, with around million loadings. The first few LoadMatic applications, handling several operational lines each, were taken into operation under very hectic requirements. In the first two years the LoadMatic units have already reached around 100,000 container loadings, consisting of a couple of million pallets. With 15 years in the business Actiw has become a leading loading equipment supplier with the most extensive experience in the field.

LoadPlate is most suitable for the loading of any cargo and especially hard-to-handle cargo like machinery or long and heavy steel and lumber products, panels and project goods. LoadMatic is a fully automated loading solution for unitized and palletized products. With LoadPlate, load forming is typically handled manually or by forklifts or cranes, whereas LoadMatic can be seamlessly integrated into production and warehouse systems.

The unique characteristics of LoadMatic and LoadPlate make them quite different from other loading solutions; no alterations to containers or trailers are required, or special equipment at the receiving end. Both designs handle a wide range of various goods. The latest development work has proven that the equipment can load bagged products on slip sheets, such as cement, gypsum, sugar, plastic granules, fertilizers, etc. The ever widening variety of products loadable by Actiw’s equipment enhances customers’ operational excellence and competitive advantage in their logistics operations.

Today, logistic costs in certain product categories have grown to be over 50 % of total costs. The total benefits of loading automation add up to 2-8 % savings on delivered costs. Truck and container loading automation reduces dock turn-around times. Once staged, the loading cycle is short, less than 5 minutes. Truck and container loading automation cuts personnel and machinery costs and reduces truck fleet size both for drop lot and multiple run short haul delivery operations by dramatically reducing turn-around times. In addition, automation of the loading process brings cost savings in other areas, e.g. product damage, health & safety and order accuracy.